Tagines again – this time with Lamb – soooo delicious and easy to cook with kids!

Growing up in South Africa we ate a lot of lamb – curries, stews and roasts. The Tagine is a great and non-messy way of cooking lamb stew. This is a great recipe to serve with Couscous. Tagine’s can be found on line or at World Market ( a division of Cost Plus) – they are inexpensive and look great! I use mine for outdoor decorations in the summer.

APricots driedI am not really the bee keeper – my husband is – but they are fascinating and sometimes ( although I do NOT like bees) I will dress up in the bee suit and take a look at the hives with him. Amazing structure and cultural organization of the Life of Bees. We can learn a lot from them…. Larraine Beekeeper Feb 2011

Lamb Tagine


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (1-pound) boneless leg of lamb roast, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes ( your butcher can do this for you – sooo much easier!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey ( we use our own from our bees)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, quartered
  • 1 (14-ounce) can beef broth ( I use Better than Bouillon)


  1. Heat a Tagine ( or a Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle lamb evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add lamb to pan; sauté 4 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
  3. Remove from Tagine.
  4. Add onion; sauté for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, and next 3 ingredients (through garlic); sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in honey and tomato paste; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  7. Return lamb to Tagine.
  8. Add apricots and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until lamb is tender, stirring occasionally.

How easy is that?

About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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